We often talk about gender objectification on this blog, but we also try to talk about other types of objectification. In this case, Literanista sent us a great example of racial/nationalist objectification. The example comes from a tourism website for travelers to the Dominican Republic. It offers, in one of its excursions, the chance to swim in a jungle river, enjoy a secluded beach, visit a “Rum Shack,” taste fresh sugarcane, see native animals and meet an honest-to-goodness-real-Dominican family.
Elsewhere, just to add some negative stereotyping, the website suggests that Dominican’s are drunk all the time:
In a similar vein, Karole F. sent in a photograph of some “African” carvings for sale a Stones ‘n Stuff in Exeter, New Hampshire. Human beings are included as objectified tokens alongside animals:
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For more tourism-related objectification, see our posts on tourism in Hawaii, Brazil, and Thailand, and, related, these images of international adoption and onesies for internationally adopted babies.